At the end of last year, the Guardian reported concerns over a ‘diplomatic’ visit to Serbia made by Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson. Johnson, it alleged, had spent at least part of his time in Serbia – a trip paid for, of course, by tax-payers – promoting his book on Winston Churchill at a well-known Serbian bookshop:
The book’s publisher referred to Johnson’s visit on Twitter in terms that appeared to suggest discussion of his book had been the focus rather than the official subject of press freedom:
Johnson denied that any book-signing had taken place. His spokesman said:
The Serbian newspaper making the suggestion this was a promotional event is simply wrong and wasn’t even at the event. We have said before that this was not a promotional event and we made that request very clear in advance of the trip.
The event took place in a closed bookshop and…
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